A mighty match-up

CALUMET – Local police and firefighters spend 364 days a year working with each other at emergencies and one night competing and slamming each other into the boards.

But even then, they’re still working toward the same goal. The annual Pigs-N-Heat hockey game is being held 7 p.m. Saturday at the Calumet Colosseum.

This is the 15th year for the game, which raises funds for the Pigs-N-Heat organization. Those proceeds stay in the community for things like helping the residents displaced by the Heritage Manor Fire in Houghton.

“It’s supporting a good cause, and it’s a fun time at the game,” said Pigs-N-Heat board president Roger Heikkila, a goaltender for the firefighters.

The less experienced players will lead off for a period, followed by a game between the A-teams.

The Pigs-N-Heat will also present an award to a local 9-year-old who pulled a drowning 2-year-old out of a pool.

There will be a 50/50 raffle at the door, and other raffles throughout the game with donated items, such as a donated cedar bench and a ski pass from Mont Ripley.

“There’s probably going to be about six to 10 items in the special raffle you can buy tickets to try to win,” Heikkila said.

There will be Chuck-A-Puck contests between periods. After the second period there will be a Shoot-For-Loot game, in which contestants shoot at the goal to win gas cards from Holiday Gas.

Last year’s game raised about $11,000, though years before saw as much as $15,000 to $17,000.

“We hope to make that this year, but we’ll see,” Heikkila said. “The times are hard for some people, so we don’t know what we’ll get.”

Heikkila said both fire fighters and police officers look forward to the game every year.

“It’s fun to get out there to play,” Heikkila said. “It’s competitive, but it’s fun. The main reason we’re out there is to raise money to help people.”